Born in Staffordshire, Lucy Crowe studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has recently been appointed as a Fellow. She has established herself as one of the leading lyric sopranos of her generation. Her operatic roles include Servilia (La clemenza di Tito) for the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Adina (L’elisir d’amore), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Gilda (Rigoletto) and Belinda (Dido and Aeneas) for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) for the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich and Covent Garden; Gilda for the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Dona Isabel (The Indian Queen), Poppea (Agrippina) and Drusilla (The Coronation of Poppea) for English National Opera; Micaëla (Carmen), Merab (Saul), The Fairy Queen and the title role in The Cunning Little Vixen for Glyndebourne Festival Opera; and Dorinda (Orlando) in Lille, Paris and for the Opéra de Dijon. She made her US Opera debut as Iole in Handel’s Hercules for the Chicago Lyric Opera and has since sung the role for the Canadian Opera Company.
On the concert platform she has worked with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Nézet-Séguin; the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Haïm, Oramo and Nelsons; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Mackerras and Egarr; the Scottish Chamber Orchestra under Mackerras and Nézet-Séguin; the Monteverdi Orchestra under Gardiner; and the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under Pappano. Lucy’s recordings include Handel’s Il Pastor Fido; Handel and Vivaldi with La Nuova Musica under David Bates for Harmonia Mundi; Lutosławski with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner; Handel’s Alceste with Christian Curnyn and the Early Opera Company; Eccles’ The Judgement of Paris; and a solo Handel disc, Il Caro Sassone with Harry Bicket and the English Concert.